U.S. Navy Band to perform Feb. 17

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By The Staff

They have been called "The World's Finest."

Even President Bush says his steps are "a little lighter" each time he hears this band perform.

The United States Navy Band, the Navy's premier musical representative in Washington, D.C., is recognized by many as one of the top bands in the world.

Under the direction of Cmdr. George N. Thompson, the band will be performing for the first time in Somerset on Sunday, Feb. 17 at a free community concert at The Center for Rural Development. The concert, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., is sponsored by The Center and Clear Channel Lake Cumberland.

Established on March 4, 1925, by an Act of Congress, the Navy band has participated in 20 presidential inaugurals and presents honors at White House ceremonies and memorial services in Arlington National Cemetery. The band, which is staffed by some of the nation's best musicians, is based at the historic Washington Navy Yard.

Ten band students from Pulaski County, Somerset and Southwestern high schools have been selected by their band directors to perform a musical arrangement on stage with the Navy band.

The Navy band performs all styles of music - everything from ceremonial "ruffles and flourishes" to classical, rock, jazz and country favorites. The organization continues a tradition of professionalism and service long associated with the U.S. Navy.

No admission will be charged. However, tickets are required and may be picked up at the Center. Ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to the performance. All empty seats will be released to non-ticket holders at 1:45 p.m.

For more information, call (606) 677-6000.